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What Keeps This FEMA Regional Administrator Up at Night?

When a disaster like a large earthquake strikes, government agencies will have to manage the public’s expectations for a quick response. And that’s not easy.

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Michigan Considers Its $4 Billion Yearly Gap in Infrastructure Spending

An infrastructure commission formed by Gov. Rick Snyder presented its findings on Monday, detailing the need for upgrades with the state's roads, waterworks and energy and communications systems.

Locked Up for the Holidays

The holiday season can be the toughest time of the year for incarcerated juveniles. In some places, officials are trying to make it a little brighter.


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North Dakota Pipeline Protesters Get a Win in Easement Denial; New York Parole Process Marred by Racial Disparities

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Oregon National Guard rented out lead-contaminated armories; mental health screening reduces Texas inmate suicides; Tennessee wildfire recovery could take decades.

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Durham County's Recount Reveals Friction Between State and Local Governments

North Carolina can’t resolve its gubernatorial race until Durham County recounts its votes. But that isn’t as simple a matter as it seems.

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Mayor of Former Steel Mill Town Hopes Federal Aid Will Flow Under Trump

“If there’s ever an opportunity, it’s now,” says Mayor Lou Mavrakis of Monessen, Pennsylvania.

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How a Simple Sticker Can Nudge Residents Into Compliance

“People generally have limited attention, which means that we fail to consider small details.”

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A Grim Task Following Oakland’s Deadly Fire; New Airbnb Regs in New Orleans

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: NYPD’s Smart Car fleet; predatory towing in Philadelphia; and drawing “geo-tourists” to eastern Montana.

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Amid California's School Building Bonanza, New Dollars Might Not Reach Poor Districts

"We have lost an opportunity to reform a fragmented system," says the chairwoman of the Golden State's Senate Education Committee.

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Congress Passes Environmental Health Laws After States Force its Hand

Pressured by industries that don’t want to deal with a wide array of state restrictions, Congress has stepped in to impose national standards on food labeling, chemical use and plastics in cosmetics.

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The Poverty Argument Against Red-Light Cameras

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren: "I cannot, in good conscience, wage a fight against poverty while also imposing burdensome fines.”

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A Year Into Hawaii’s Push to Go Paperless

Government agencies scattered across seven islands make delivering services to residents a challenge that electronic signatures help alleviate.


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